Can the story-telling magic of movies rub off on Arlington's economy?
Ted Peluso, who has watched businesses develop over many of his 81 years, think so.
"They're just everywhere," he said of J. Alberto Guzman and April Ranck, cofounders of the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF).
And not just Oct. 15 through 19, when the fourth annual festival takes place at the Regent Theatre, but throughout the year.
The couple who appear to have networked with everyone here and nearby since 2010 agree with Peluso, but the overall project takes time to build.
"Right now, we see a direct correlation to filmgoers visiting our local multicultural restaurants and becoming familiar with Arlington's historical sites," Ranck said. "Bringing people from the greater Boston area into Arlington, is a likelihood that they will return to shop, go to the theater and the restaurants.
"Also, the businesses that support AIFF have an opportunity for greater visibility. We believe by continuing to network with businesses as well as organizations, we will continue to grow the network where the economy will definitely be affected."
UPDATED, Sept. 30: Andrew P. Flanagan, Arlington's deputy town manager since April 2012, was among three finalists to be town manager for Danvers, he has confirmed to YourArlington, but the Salem News reports that Steve Bartha was offered the job.
"The position presents a tremendous professional opportunity for me and I am humbled to be considered among the finalists," he wrote in an email Monday, Sept. 29. "I look forward to meeting with the Board of Selectmen tonight."
Later that night, Bartha was offered the job, and Flanagan came in second, the report says.
In a story published Sept. 26, the Salem News reported that at 29 Flanagan was the youngest of three seeking to fill the position held for 35 years by Wayne Marquis, who retires Friday.
Nov. 1 event to include Arlington football author
UPDATED, Sept. 25: Andrea Nicolay of the Robbins Library has announced the schedule for its first book festival, set for Saturday, Nov. 1.
The free festival is open to the public. Current official sponsors are the Friends of the Robbins Library and The Book Rack.
Eight moderated panel discussions will cover a range of topics related to writing and publishing. To round out the day Steve Almond will present a talk in the Community Room on his new book Against Football.
All authors who applied to be part of this festival are considered participants, whether serving on a panel or simply "on the scene" that day. The library had many more applicants than panel slots.
The Arlington Farmers' Market is open for its 16th season Market at the Russell Common Parking Lot, Arlington Center. It opened June 11. Its hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 29.
Anne Goodwin and Meg Candilore, of the group Somebody's Mother, plan to sing and play guitars from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
The latest Arlington Farmers' Market newsletter, for Sept. 24, is republished here with the permission of its author, Robin Cohen:
The Arlington Health Department provided flu shots to a record number of residents at Town Day 2014 on Saturday, with more than 400 people receiving a flu vaccination. The Arlington Health Departments cites convenience and efficiency as the main reasons for the continued success of the town’s flu clinic efforts.
Arlington children and their families are invited to the Ottoson Middle School, at 63 Acton St, on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about upcoming flu clinics, or to download the vaccination form, click here >>
Globe, Sept. 30: Canals in Boston? (graphic) | News story includes Alewife
The Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR) have announced dates of activities to protect the Silver Maple Forest, saying that the "chopping block [is] closer to reality."
To defend against clear-cutting expected to make way O'Neill Properties' Belmont Uplands project, FAR noted these events and dates:
-- Vigils: Frontage Road and Acorn Park Drive at Route 2, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (Outreach to other groups required. Invite contacts and involved environmental friends to plan and participate in a vigil of their own making.)
-- Training: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5 to 7 p.m., Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St.
Artbeat Creatiivity Store and Studio events, 212A Mass Ave.:
On Friday, Oct. 3, renowned silhouette artist Keith Donaldson will appear at Artbeat, working magic with paper and scissors to create personalized portraits of children, adults, and even pets. These black-and-white works of art are surprisingly accurate and recognizable.
Silhouettes became popular in the days before cameras were invented as an inexpensive alternative to painted portraits. Today the art is practiced professionally by only a few dozen artists across the country.
Jeffrey Brody, music director and organist at Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington Heights, shares his expressive keyboard skills with the community when he performs in PACC’s concert series. Many may not be aware, however, that he is also active as conductor and vocal coach, and that he is the composer of more than 80 pieces including two operas.
As music director of Longwood Opera, Brody supports talented young singers in gaining performance experience, while keeping costs down for the audience. He conducts auditions, works with the singers at rehearsals, and then performs piano reductions of full orchestral scores at the company’s performances in Needham.
He explained that creating his two operas involved a multistep process:
"Many do not realize that composing an opera amounts to setting music to an existing text. Once I have the text, I work almost every day for many months. Changes and improvements, big and small, are all possible.
"These changes are made with feedback from the performers as well as further self-criticism. Assisting singers to learn and perform other composer’s music is what I normally do, so it’s a true delight to not only prepare, but also perform my own composition for a change."
Brody’s interest in opera, and especially Wagnerian opera, began early. He remembers listening to the radio at the age of 12, and his profound reaction upon his first exposure to Wagner when he heard Arthur Fiedler conducting "Siegfried’s Rhine Journey" in a Boston Pops performance. Because of his deep love for opera, Brody sought out opportunities to accompany voice students when he majored in organ at Boston University.